As of Monday, February 22, 2021, York Region will return to the Covid-19 Response Framework and will be placed in the Red (Control) Zone. In the Archdiocese of Toronto, York now joins Durham, Simcoe and Orangeville in this designation. A reminder that Red Zone restrictions for places of worship are as follows:
- 30% capacity (observing physical distancing) for liturgical/sacramental celebrations (Mass, Weddings, Funerals, Reconciliation). WorshipSafe guidelines must be followed.
- All other meetings should be held virtually wherever possible or postponed. Exceptions are essential services – Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, distribution of sack lunches for Out of the Cold, etc. These events should be limited to 10 people and must observe rigorous protocols – distancing, mask use, sanitization, etc.
- Parish offices at Phase 2 – limited operating hours (1-2 days max), only essential visitors (appt. only), work from home where possible, staff onsite 3 days per week maximum – refer to previous memos for additional details.
- As previously communicated by Cardinal Collins, “In areas where public Masses are permitted to resume, parishes should make every effort to begin to offer the public celebration of the Eucharist as soon as possible and when, at the discretion of the pastor, they can do so safely.”
Please note – as in the past, local municipalities may impose their own restrictions on top of the provincial measures. Should this be the case, we will share this information as soon as it becomes available. In addition, the province has indicated that, if necessary, it will deploy the “emergency brake” and move regions to Grey (Lockdown) designation within 24 hours should significant variants of Covid-19 threaten a particular region.
Thank you for your ongoing co-operation during this challenging period of pandemic.